Fantasy Baseball: Week 23 Pitching Streamers

Doug Fister - by: Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports

There’s a little more selection for pitching streamers for us in Week 23. There are teams who aren’t competitive at this point of the season so there will be less competition to pick up pitchers. Also, don’t forget to click the image below to listen to our podcast!
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Doug Fister | Boston Red Sox

(9/13 OAK)

ESPN: 23%   Yahoo: 34%

For a guy who has pitched well in his last four starts, it’s a little surprising that he’s widely available in so many leagues. Fister’s faced the Indians, Orioles, Yankees, and Blue Jays in those starts, and has a much stronger matchup in his favor against the Athletics. They’ll be traveling across the country to Boston for the first series of their road trip. They had a lengthy, eight-game losing streak until winning on Thursday night. The A’s are now striking out the fourth most in MLB as a team, with a K-rate of 24.6%. Fister has starts that lack in strikeouts, but we can expect that there could be a repeat the nine strikeouts that he had in his last start. This will be a tough matchup for the A’s, and a great one for Fister, who has been pitching much better as the season goes on.

Andrew Cashner | Texas Rangers 

(9/14 SEA)

ESPN: 23%   Yahoo: 29%

Admittingly, it’s hard to believe that Cashner is having the season that he’s having. But if he’s doing it, we might as well use him. Cashner ranks 12th overall amongst qualified starters, with an ERA of 3.29. He has 15 quality starts this season, out of his 23 games started. If you’re in a quality starts league, you’re probably more comfortable with streaming him rather than those in a league where you need the win against this start against the Mariners. In either situation, it’s a time in the season where you’ll need to take chances, and there are far worse options than Cashner.

Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians 

(9/14 KC)

ESPN: 14%   Yahoo: 16%

It seems like the Indians can do no wrong right now, and have just won their 16th straight game as I’m typing this. Tomlin gets this Week 23 start against the Royals, who are trying to hang in the AL Wild Card race. Pitching opposite of Tomlin, will be Jakob Junis. The Indians’ bats should be able to score runs off of Junis, and Tomlin should do well enough to hold down the Royals. This will be Tomlin’s second start since missing the month of August, but was able to pitch just over five innings against the Tigers, and only gave up one earned run. He should be able to build upon his last start, and Tomlin could be key for your teams because many managers won’t want to take on risk if they feel there’s any uncertainty.

Jack Flaherty | St. Louis Cardinals

(9/16 @ CHC)

ESPN: 8%   Yahoo: 14%

Speaking of risk, you can take more of it in head-to-head leagues (especially category leagues). If you need to take a chance, Flaherty gets this week’s start against the Cubs in Chicago. While Flaherty only has two major league starts under his belt, there was progress between his first start against the Giants and his second against the Padres. While the Cubs do have a better offensive lineup than those two teams, they can be beat. The Cubs haven’t seen Flaherty, and that works to his advantage.

Dillon Peters | Miami Marlins

(9/12 @ PHI, 9/17 MIL)

ESPN: 0%   Yahoo: 6%

If you want to throw a hail mary (it is fantasy football season, afterall), Peters is worth a thought. He’s another with just two major league starts, but he had good showings against the Phillies and Nationals. With a two-start week, he gets the Phillies again, and the Brewers. You’ll want to use him against the Phillies, and possibly the Brewers with your discretion. If you’re in a daily league, you have time to see how the week pans out before deciding on whether you want to start him against the Brewers or not.

Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!


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